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Water Concerns in Port Moresby -- http://giaman.com/pg/?bdfb6f
Displaced Residents Concerned about their Welfare -- http://giaman.com/pg/?2758fa
National Women's Football -- http://giaman.com/pg/?fe0cd3 -- and -- http://giaman.com/pg/?8d092f
US navy ship to visit East New Britain -- http://giaman.com/pg/?5cbcee
FIFA to punish PNG for Olympic playoff no-show -- http://giaman.com/pg/?ec0b5e
PNG and Australia hold APEC prep meetings -- http://giaman.com/pg/?3b4e75
PNG offers Tonga help in hosting 2019 Pacific Games -- http://giaman.com/pg/?3df7fe
Court reinstates PNG Power Executive Director John Mangos -- http://giaman.com/pg/?004636
PNG's poor and deteriorating financial management: can it be turned around? -- http://giaman.com/pg/?fd9f54
O'Neill admits PNG facing hard times. But where's the strategy? -- http://giaman.com/pg/?dd4c64
Legal Fraternity Urged to Return to Basics -- http://giaman.com/pg/?01f186
Dogura re-visited -- http://giaman.com/pg/?519145
The past meets the future in PNG's highlands -- http://giaman.com/pg/?210a41
Kanawi Thankful for Donations Towards Medical Expenses -- http://giaman.com/pg/?7e8c81
Rare relics from blackbirding trade go on display in Bundaberg -- http://giaman.com/pg/?2da0f1
EMTV's Haus & Home - Episode 5, 2016 -- http://giaman.com/pg/?d0ff78
Papua New Guinea's secret fjords -- http://giaman.com/pg/?f149cf
Caught in the act -- http://giaman.com/pg/?554e61
Major Clinical Trial
The Kirby Institute at UNSW Australia will collaborate with the PNG Institute of Medical Research (PNGIMR) and other national and international institutes to conduct a world-first study in maternal and newborn health in PNG.
The PNG Power Men's Softball team has received timely support from long-time supporter and sponsor PNG Power recently with a set of new uniforms that they'll wear proudly in the semi-professional competition in Port Moresby.
Safety of Women
PNG has been named as one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a woman - with an estimated 70% of the country's female population experiencing sexual assault or rape in their lifetime.
Police have seized over 30 kilograms of marijuana in two separated drug busts on the 19th and 26th of last month. The first bust occurred at Erima Wildlife Settlement where six male suspects, all from Garaina in Morobe Province, were arrested and charged for the possession of 30.7 kilograms of marijuana in twelve bags. The street value of the seized drugs is estimated at around K50'000.
The national carrier's subsidiary service, Link PNG, has had to suspend flights to the province as staff and passengers cannot get to and from the airport at Girua outside Popondetta. The Post Courier reports that two main bridges linking the airport and main wharf to Popondetta town have been washed away as a result of heavy rain.
New Zealand Government Scholarships
The New Zealand Government is offering Scholarships to interested Papua New Guinea students to study in New Zealand. The New Zealand Foreign Affairs and Trade website says the application for New Zealand Scholarships are open from the 1st of February and online applications will close on the 30th of April 2016. Note - Paper Applications close on the 15th of April.
-- http://giaman.com/pg/?c75657 -- Find a course -- http://giaman.com/pg/?eae38e
Central Province Scholarships for Central students now open -- http://giaman.com/pg/?d82919
A group of 41 Christian pilgrims to Israel hailing from PNG have planted olive trees in the Limonim Forest in the Upper Galilee, in a special ceremony on the 21st of January. Tour participant George Baia said that the members of the mission came from villages and churches throughout Papua New Guinea and will soon return home as ambassadors for Israel to garner even more support.
Media Niugini Limited (EMTV) is now fully owned by PNG's State-owned enterprise Telikom PNG Limited. This was after Fiji Television Limited announced the full divestment of its shares with a price of K20 million for the sale of Media Niugini.
Bougainville Ready to Take Action
The Autonomous Region of Bougainville is close to legal action against the national government in Port Moresby for its failure to fulfil funding commitments.
Santos is understood to be reviving attempts to sell its stake in the PNG liquefied natural gas project in a deal that could net the oil and gas producer about PGK3.17 billion. Santos has a 13.6 per cent stake in PNG, but could only divest 3.6 per cent to ensure it kept its rights to have operational control.
Female Graduates Join Westpac
Westpac has welcomed two new female graduates to its PNG team, with Rebecca Aibung and Jenelynne Bowoku joining the bank as part of the Westpac Group's graduate program. Aibung and Bowoku were selected from a field of more than 90 applicants.
Schools around Port Moresby have resumed. Teachers are seeing a significant increase in the number of student enrolment because many students have come from outside of Port Moresby.
-- http://giaman.com/pg/?7d3f14 -- and -- http://giaman.com/pg/?ff4fea
Universities full to capacity -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/102561
Villager arrested over college enrolment -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/102560
Lae Cancer Machine
The simulator which is essential to plan and deliver precise treatments for cancer patients at the National Cancer Centre in Lae has not been operational for the past 10 months.
Report Rogue Police
Assistant Police Commissioner Traffic Jerry Frank has advised motorists in the country to report any officer who asks them for money at checkpoints around Port Moresby and roads around the country. Frank said demanding money from motorists was illegal and amounted to extortion.
Checkpoints for road safety -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/102552
Zika Virus Detection
Health Secretary Pascoe Kase is advising the public to consult with their health-care provider if they think they may have contracted the Zika virus. He said that the Country has the capacity to test for Zika virus in a timely manner and the sooner we know about infections; the sooner specific interventions can commence.
Men Survive Ocean Ordeal
Two men from PNG drifted 600 miles to the neighbouring Pacific nation of the Federated States of Micronesia after the engine failed on their five-person boat. Their boat suffered engine failure and lost communication, leaving them to drift. They were found six weeks later, about 600 miles away, in the neighbouring nation of the Federated States of Micronesia.
Milne Bay Seaplane Service
Setouchi Holdings, from Japan, is looking to establish a seaplane service in Milne Bay Province. PMG's Ambassador to Japan Gabriel Dusava led executives of the company on a visit to Alotau last week for preliminary discussions on the proposed project with Governor Titus Philemon and the provincial administration heads.
Lae Wharf Probed
It has been revealed structural faults in the 108-metre extension to the Lae main wharf have prevented the K150 million facility from being fully used since construction was completed in late 2014. The defects were uncovered by the Australian engineering company AECOM, which was contracted by the State-owned Independent Public Business Corporation (now Kumul Consolidated Holdings Ltd) to perform a siltation study of the Lae Port Basin last year.
Dozens of police officers in the Highlands centre of Tari have been arrested and charged with various offences. The Tari police station commander Daniel Yangen said 26 police personnel had been arrested and charged with criminal offence such as theft, assault, alcohol-related and firearms offences.
Sex Worker Plan Rejected
A teacher and church elder have condemned reported plans by Sumkar MP Ken Fairweather to promote the welfare of sex workers in the country.
NZ Firm Owed Money by PNG
A New Zealand company owed more than half a million dollars by the PNG government is still waiting to be paid, despite a court ruling and pressure from the Government.
Help Fund a PNG Film
Help fund a film production - Women NOT Witches
Seeds Theatre Group Inc. (Seeds) is a community-based organisation comprising staff members trained in the performing arts, in particular, theatre, who use their talents and skills to raise awareness of key health and social issues, such as HIV/AIDS, violence against women, human rights and health and environmental issues to contribute to positive change in Papua New Guinea (PNG). The performing arts has proven to break social barriers as it goes beyond the border of languages, ideologies and illiteracy.
Sea Cucumber Harvesting
How does a sea cucumber for dinner tonight sound? While most people may not jump at the thought right now, for Papua New Guinea those echinoderms could be a huge money-maker.
Australian researchers have been awarded $1.7 million to help develop a mariculture industry in PNG, although it could be years before exports get off the ground. Mariculture is the cultivation of marine species in sea water.
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Women Not Witches Tour - Wabag and Mendi (Feb 2016) -- https://www.facebook.com/seedstheatregroup/
Trade Pasifika - 2016 in Port Moresby
12th Festival of Pacific Arts 22 May to 4 June 2016 (Hagatna, Guam)
2016 8th FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup tournament (November, Port Moresby) -- http://giaman.com/pg/?18525e
Christmas Day - 25 December 2016
Boxing Day - 26 December 2016
New Year's Day - 1st January 2017
Surfing Association PNG-World Surf League tour championship in January 2017
Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017
2018 - APEC summit to be held in Port Moresby -- http://giaman.com/pg/?a3e64e
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